National Security

Police get 200 motorcycles from China

Citizens are being told that they can expect a faster response time and greater visibility from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) with the deployment of 200 new motorcycles from the People’s Republic of China.

China is one of several nations including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, that is partnering with Trinidad and Tobago to provide training, technology, capacity building and other types of support, the Office of the Prime Minister said.

Wilson officially appointed Prison Commissioner

National Security Minister Stuart Young has presented Gerard Wilson with his Instrument of Appointment as Commissioner of Prisons.

The presentation took place at a brief ceremony held at the Ministry of National Security’s Head Office on Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain.

Wilson has been promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Prisons by the Public Service Commission with effect from November 24, 2017.

He has over 35 years of distinguished service in the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service.

Govt signs contract with Austal for patrol vessels worth US$85M

Australian shipbuilders, Austal has announced it has officially signed a US$85 million contract with Trinidad and Tobago to construct two Cape Class patrol boats (CCPB).

The vessels will be delivered in the second half of 2020.

The decision to procure the vessels from Austal was announced after Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley led a delegation to Australia in May 2018.

US donates currency detection machines, riot gear kits to Prison Service

The US Embassy has handed over a donation of counterfeit currency detection machines, riot gear kits, and computer hardware to the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service to aid its efforts to provide a safe, secure, and humane correctional environment.

A statement by the Embassy says it is pleased to play a role in enhancing the ability of the Prison Service not only to respond to emergencies but also to track the criminal networks that attempt to continue their activities from behind prison walls.

Griffith: Police were just doing their jobs in Las Cuevas

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has responded to the concerns of Las Cuevas residents, saying the community has been flooded with criminal activity for years and that he was surprised by their reaction because the police were doing their job.

Griffith said today's exercise was necessary to cleanse the area and added that if anyone was inconvenienced, it was unfortunate.

He said this and similar exercises in the future should be expected.

Griffith has asked citizens to expose criminals in their community rather than be upset when the police do what is required.

Las Cuevas residents traumatised by police raid

Residents of Las Cuevas say they have no problem with the police doing their job but say they are disappointed with the manner it was done.

The residents claim the officers kicked-in doors and did not identify themselves, causing law-abiding residents to think they were in danger.  

A collaborative exercise involving personnel from the Police, Defence Force and Coast Guard occurred in the area just after 2 am Thursday. 

Residents say the exercise lasted several hours and several men were taken by police. 

'Shorto' in court for Sandman's murder

Durrel Raymond, also known as 'Shorto', appeared at the Port-of-Spain Magistrate's Court this afternoon charged with the murder of Vaughan 'Sandman' Mieres and three others on July 25th.

Raymond who was shot in the left leg during the incident came into the court on crutches and was accompanied by several heavily armed police officers.

The accused appeared before Magistrate Sarah De Silva in the 11th court.

He was also charged with the of Alita Dehere, Nigel Octim and Kadir Joseph.

Two senior cops on sexual misconduct charges

Two senior police officers are to appear in the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court charged for sexual misconduct. 

The officers, who are both 58-years-old and have a combined 77 years of service in the Police Service, were charged on Thursday, following advice from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard SC. 

Acting Senior Superintendent Samuel Seepersad, who is attached to the Central Division and has 39 years of service, was arrested at the Central Division Headquarters on Wednesday. 

He was charged with harassment. 

Customs clerk fined $35,000 for drug trafficking

A Customs Clerk who pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking has been fined $35,000 or a nine-year imprisonment in default.
The 36-year-old mother of two from Morvant appeared before Arima First Court Magistrate Cheron Raphael on Monday and was represented by attorney Kerry Pantin.
Enam Safya Mkubwa was arrested on July 19 at about 5.40 am by Woman Estate Constable Balthazar of the Airports Authority security while at the checkpoint upstairs the airport by the last scanner. She was to board a flight to Barbados.

Senior police officers questioned

Two senior police officers have been detained by officers of the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) earlier this morning.

Sources close to the investigation confirmed that a senior officer from the Central Division was being questioned and another senior from the Southern Division was also detained for questioning.

One of the senior officers Guardian Media was informed was being questioned at the Chaguanas police station by senior officers of the PSB.